What lense should I chose between FUJINON 105 SW F8 and FUJINON 90 SW F8 ?

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What lense should I chose between Fujinon 105 sw f8 and Fujinon 90 sw f8 for landscape photo?


-- simon lu (simon_po@pacbell.net), April 17, 1998


If all things are the same, price, condition, shutter and age, I would chose the 90mm. I have a 90mm, Super Angulon, and use it quite a bit. I am comfortable with the perspective it allows and am confident with in the knowledge that I will get the image I am after.

I don't have a 105 to compare to, but there is only 15mm of difference between the two, and I have found that I rarely need a longer lens, but a lot of times could use one just a few mm's shorter. Good luck in your choice.

-- Marv Thompson (mthompson@clinton.net), April 17, 1998.

I don't have any experience with either of the two specific lenses you mention, but a factor to keep in mind is how easily your camera bellows will compress to handle the shorter lens. A few years ago, I was deciding on a "short" lens (my normal is a 210) and I ultimately decided to go for a 120. Although a 90mm was very appealing, with my camera (a Zone VI) it would have required me to use a bag bellows to get any meaningful movements. Since I already carry around what seems like too much stuff, I decided to give up the extra angle of view in order to avoid carrying yet another item. This may or may not be an issue for you, depending on your equipment and the kind of work you do, but its worth considering.

-- Rob Rothman (rrothman@riag.com), April 17, 1998.

I too like the 90mm.

-- Ron Shaw (shaw9@llnl.gov), April 17, 1998.

I have a Fuji 90 mm f5.6. I like the lens, but it is somewhat prone to flare. As my Fuji 210 mm f5.6 is also prone to flare, I think that this may be a characteristic of the brand. I get no flare with my Rodenstock 135 mm f5.6 S. You may want to compare Rodenstock's lenses to the Fuji lenses if you tend to make photographs with the sun in the composition.

The decision between the two focal lengths is one that you need to make for yourself. Some folks prefer long lenses, others prefer wide angle lenses. In addition to thinking about your own style, you should also consider the other lenses you already own. If you already have a 135 mm, I would be inclined to skip over the 105 and purchase the 90mm.

Finally, you should be open to the possibility that neither of these lenses is "right" for you. Your style may lend itself more to wider angle lenses like the 75 mm or more normal lenses like the 120-150 range or even the 210. Look at the kind of images you enjoyed making in other formats that you have used.

Best wishes, Bruce

-- Bruce M. Herman (bherman@arctic.net), April 21, 1998.

Check to see if these lenses are the recent NSWS designs (6 elements in 6 groups) or the old SW design (6 elements in 4 groups). It means a world of difference in terms of performance.

-- Pat Raymore (PATRICK.F.RAYMORE@KP.ORG), April 24, 1998.

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